December 30, 2009 Subject:
Who were the Magyars who conquered Hungary in 896?
According to the author of this book, the conquerors of the Carpathian Basin at the end of the 9th century were Turkic in ethnicity and Turkic in language. He argues this forcefully and his arguments anticipate the conclusions of the late Gabor Vekony (1944-2004). Armin Vambery does not seem to answer the question (and I hadn't read all 570 pages of his book) how the Hungarians later came to speak a basically non-Turkic (a Uralic and not an Altaic) language, a question Vekony has answered emphatically: after the "conquest" these newcomers were assimilated by the largely Uralic- (i.e. Ugric)speaking population.